Friday, April 24, 2015

Dressing "Fob" - White Overall Skirt and Homies Hat

Marge Simpson Homiie baseball cap
White overall skirt and white Converse
White overall dress and crop top
Baseball cap and white overall skirt
White overall with skirt

Looking at my last blog post and this one, it almost seems like they are pictures of two different girls with two different fashion tastes. We all know how changing an outfit can change your entire attitude right? Well, to me, changing an entire genre of style feels like I'm transforming into a new person. Sometimes, I do this to guard myself against external factors (A tough week coming up? I'll be dressed to the teeth in a wrap dress and stilettos. Little do you know that the shapewear underneath feels like armor to me, and the heels feel like weapons). Or in the case of this outfit post, I dress to express internal conflict or desires.. (cont'd below)

Overalls (skirt): H&M, similar here from N. Liquor Poker
Crop top: H&M
Bag: Forever 21 (last year), this year's F21 version here
Cap: H&M. I couldn't find another Marge hat, but here is Homer's Duff cap
Shoes: Converse (leather edition)

Lately, I've gotten a lot of mileage out of of classic looks with trench coats and sheath dresses, but I'm becoming intrigued with what I call "fob" style. I know this term carries a lot of cultural baggage, but I think that's precisely why I'm interested: it can be considered derogatory slang, but can an Asian-American like me reclaim it to celebrate fashion?

Image from Cheeserland

Complicating things is the fact that I've distanced myself from my cultural roots in the past precisely to avoid being called a "fob," from practicing my English endlessly until I had no trace of an accent or refraining from bringing my favorite stinky pork buns to the school cafeteria. When I wore this outfit, I received strange stares and even a comment from a friend that "you have to take the hat off or else they're going to think we imported you."

Can an outfit reclaim an identity by being subversive? When people were judging this outfit, I wanted to tell them, "I'm really not this person---I just wore this outfit today!" But why did I feel the need to even make that declaration? And as I know too well, merely "wearing an outfit" can carry important social meaning in a visual world. Perhaps I was just being cowardly; I could adopt a funny "fob" persona for a day before, and escape the judgment that comes with the identity by reverting back to my normal self. But what is "normal"? I was fresh-off-the-boat, and although I can try to assimilate as much as I want, sometimes I see the Asian tourists hanging around Boston in their puffy pants and neon track jacket, and I think,

"I could be that girl."

As some sort of compromise, I trade out personas on my fashion blog, shedding old skins and exchanging them for new ones everyday, always looking for myself.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Basic Girls - Ann Taylor Lace Scallop Dress

Black hair bow and Bobbi Brown Miami Heat lipstick
Ann Taylor Scalloped lace dress and Celine box purse dupe
Ann Taylor Scallop Lace White Dress and faux leather jacket
Louise et Cie bow flats
Ann Taylor white lace scallop dress
Bobbi Brown lipstick in Miami Heat
NYC Mulberry Street nail polish

Dress: Ann Taylor (50% off with code CYBER50 until Monday night)
Nail polish: NYC 'Mulberry Street'
Hair bow: Forever 21, exact same from H&M ($9.95)
Purse: Forever 21 (old), similar style just released ($24.90)
Jacket: Forever 21 (old), similar quilted Forever 21 style here
Shoes: Louise et Cie ($32)

"Why does everyone in law school dress like they're in an Ann Taylor catalog?" In February, I had the chance to help direct our school's "Parody" show; in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, we addressed this very question of law school "dress code." The Parody writers rewrote the lyrics of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and changed the theme to "Basic," addressing our female students' penchant for Tory Burch flats, cardigans, and showing up late to class with Starbucks.

Now, I know it's not nice to judge others based on their consumption habits, but I found the whole song hilarious and relevant. However, when the writers finished presenting their idea, the Parody room was silent. Finally, one girl raised her hand and said, "I'm sorry, I don't get the joke?" It was then that the writers and I looked around the room, at the Starbucks drinks and Tory Burch flats surrounding us, and shared a knowing glance...that this song would probably have to be left on the cutting room floor.

(Given that anecdote, here I am wearing a dress from the dress-code approved store, Ann Taylor. Judge not, lest ye be judged!)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Put a Smile on That Face - Old Navy Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Florals and brights plus a white faux leather jacket
Yellow faux leather crossbody from Old Navy
Magenta pointed flats and white faux leather jacket
H&M blue floral print sleeveless blouse

"Look friendlier in your outfit photos," my sister always says to me when she takes my blog pictures. "Smile harder!" This is a tall task for me, because I'm not usually terribly smiley when I'm walking around. (A neutral scowl is a better descriptor, to be honest). In fact, I don't trust fashion blog photos where the blogger is beaming or giggling at something off camera, all 32 of their teeth glowing. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT AND WHY IS IT SO FUNNY? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.

Top: H&M, another blue print floral blouse here from DKNY
Crossbody bag: Old Navy (on sale $22)
Flats: Old Navy (sold out), exact copy here from Corso Como
Jeans: American Eagle
Lip color: Wet 'n' Wild 'Just Peachy' lipstick ($4.75) layered over NYC 'Champagne Stain' lipstain ($4.47)
Earrings: Rue 21, similar chrysanthemum earrings here from The Limited

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coral Scallops - LOFT Scalloped Crop Illusion Dress

In my "About Me" (soon to be updated!), I mention that my favorite color is a "pretentious shade of salmon pink." For those of you who don't know what that color is (my friends included), here I am, showcasing it in all its glory!

I've been getting compliments all day about this dress, including a lot of comments about how the color makes me look very "tan." In response, I present this perfect reaction image from Rashida Jones:

(Image from

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Dress: LOFT
Jacket: F21 (last year), very similar here from JCPenney
Shoes: Old Navy (sold out), exact copy here from Corso Como
Necklace: Charlotte Russe ($6 or 2 for $10)

A note about the dress: I love the cut-away in the back of this scalloped LOFT dress, but I do have to warn you that wrinkles just will not come out of the fabric, no matter how much I steam. Also, the top clasp in the back of the "cape" has a tendency to come undone, but that's ok, because the dress underneath is a opaque shift dress that won't reveal anything unseemly. I'm sure I'll love the "vent" on this dress when I wear it back in Texas' scorching summers. Please keep these considerations in mind if you buy!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bourgeoisie vs. Proletariat - Jimmy Choo Lang Sandal Dupe

Oh, if only you were born into wealth and a family that controlled the means of production. In that case, you could afford these shiny Jimmy Choo stunners---$850 is nothing to someone of economic supremacy. But instead, for us lowly proletariats, who have nothing to offer the world but our labor in exchange for meager wages, a $32.90 dupe for these sandals will have to do. Who benefits from our purchase? The engines of capitalism, regrettably. But maybe with such a show-stopping shoe, you will finally get some attention for that noble cause of socialistic revolution.

[ Jimmy Choo sandals // Dupe sandals ($32.90 and save up to %20 during this week's sale) ]

I am well aware of the irony of using Marxist philosophy to showcase materialistic goods. In fact, I love this irony so much that I might make this a regular "spend vs. save" column. Shop on, comrades!